EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE participated in La Feria International de La Havana (FIHAV) 2015 in Havana , Cuba from November 2nd – 6th. FIHAV is a multi-sectorial trade fair which had representation from over 60 countries showcasing their products throughout 25 different pavilions. Exhibitors had opportunity to establish contacts, close business deals, exchange business experiences and become familiar with new technological developments.
EXPORTBelize participated in pre-arranged business meetings which were facilitated by the Embassy of Belize in Cuba and the Cuban Chamber of Commerce. The objective of our participation was to conduct an initial assessment of the opportunities for Belizean products to be exported and to learn how to conduct business in Cuba. Some of products of interest includes chocolate liqueur, corn, beans, juices, hot sauces, furniture, cleaning products, chicken and beef.
EXPORTBelize received strong inquiries for various Belizean products and will continue discussions with Belizean producers and all the necessary government officials responsible for importation in Cuba to facilitate matchmaking and to foster trading relationships between the two countries.
SBDCBelize in partnership with Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), Organization of American States (OAS), Ministry of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem and The Golda Meir Mount Camel International Training Centre (MCTC) coordinated a five day Business Lab focused on Intellectual Properties and Commercialization of Creative Industries held from November 9th to November 13th, 2015 at the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) Building located in Freetown Road, ITVET Compound, Belize City.
The objective of this workshop is to provide tools and skills to national institutions that implement economic development programs by providing potential local trainers and facilitators with a flexible and effective methodology to create a heightened awareness among nationals and to explore opportunities along with the related steps to start up their business. Additionally, it will focus on providing participants with hands on training and helping them acquire tools that will aid them in the development of innovative ideas and their implementation.
The workshop opened on Monday, 9th November at 8:00am sharp at BTEC, with remarks from Ambassador Orem Bar El, Ambassador of Israel to Belize and El Salvador and Ambassador Nestor Mendez, the Chair of the Inter-American Council for InteAS.
The media was invited to attend the opening ceremonies and can also drop by during the four-day workshop for coverage of the event.
BELTRAIDE, in partnership with McNab publishing launched Volume 4 of the Invest Belize Magazine on November 2, 2015. Since 2012, the Invest Belize magazine published by BELTRAIDE serves as an effective promotional platform for Belize, showcasing business success stories and investment opportunities. This platform has enabled businesses in Belize to be seen by thousands of readers every year both nationally and internationally.
The publication’s objective is to provide investors with firsthand information on Belize inclusive of up to date statistics, articles, success stories and ads of projects and services being offered by Belizean enterprises, thus truly enabling a one-stop-shop for matchmaking and promotion! BelizeINVEST, the unit of BELTRAIDE charged with investment generation and aftercare, specifically champions the magazine by including it in investment packages presented at various international trade shows, expos as well as a strong presence at our foreign offices through the diplomatic core. In essence, the publication is a global one placing Belize on the map while targeting specific projects and investments within the priority investment sectors.
Shari WIlliams, Marketing and Information Manager, BELTRAIDE
BelizeINVEST has catalyzed the elevation of Standard & Poor’s sovereign rating for Belize to “B-/Positive/B.” FDI Intelligence’s Caribbean and Central American countries of the future 2015/2016 also awarded Belize for ranking in the Top 10 for best FDI strategy and cost effectiveness, attesting to Belize’s innovative efforts and increasing competitiveness within the region. A part of this innovation being the Invest Belize magazine of course!
Tanya McNab, Creative Director of McNab Publish Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children
Belize continues to remain on a strong growth trajectory for investment. We continue to provide ample business opportunities and favourable rates of return to investors both local and foreign that seek to capitalize on a given venture in Belize.
The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) arm of BELTRAIDE, celebrates its one-year anniversary since inception. BTEC, which opened its doors on October 6, 2014 has been instrumental in developing a cadre of well-trained, marketable and self-sufficient individuals able to compete in the marketplace.
On October 27th, 2015. BTEC held the celebration ceremony for its 1st anniversary and also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sister Cecilia’s Home for the Elderly and the National Council of Ageing for the launch of its Home Health Care- Giver Training which begins on November 9th. 2015. The training which is in collaboration with the Pan- America Health Organization (PAHO) is geared towards persons who are employed or seeking employment as a care-giver in the homes of Belizeans and visitors.
(L-R) Ms. Melanie Gideon, General Manager Enterprise and Innovation Division, BELTRAIDE ;Mrs. Marva Allen, Sister Cecilia’s and Ms. Lindy Jeffery, National Council of Ageing
BTEC and in extension BELTRAIDE take this opportunity to thank all its partners who have made the first year a success and look forward to continued collaboration in order to develop, deliver and sustain Belize’s quality workforce!
At the “Foro de Cancun 2015”, Belize and Mexico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish stronger business relations between both countries.
The Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection signed on behalf of Belize while Mr Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General of ProMéxico, signed on behalf of Mexico. The signing was witnessed by Quintana Roo’s Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo.
Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General of ProMéxico and Hon. Erwin Contreras , Minister of Trade
“The signing of the MOU is a very significant milestone in BELTRAIDE’s BelizeINVEST Unit’s young existence! We have now been able to formalize an MOU with PROMEXICO, one of the foremost leaders in the field of global investment promotion,” said Mr. Nick Ruiz, General Manager of BELTRAIDE’s Trade and Investment Development Division. He added: “We have been working on this since late 2012; now we can proudly claim that our international network includes a partnership with PROMEXICO, a relationship which we will leverage to increase capacity here at home.”
As part of the MOU, both BELRAIDE and ProMexico will exchange information investment policies , opportunities and business data on Belize and Mexico. Both parties have collaborated to improve the investment climate of their respective countries and the effectiveness of their organizations by encouraging the exchange of training opportunities in the fields of exports and investment promotion facilitation and aftercare as well as through joint efforts in best practices.
For further information, please contact the Marketing and Information Unit of BELTRAIDE at 223-0323